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Create an Adaptive Task

How to create and assign an task that adapts to your students' progress from anywhere in Mathspace

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Written by Ernest Tan
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To create an adaptive task, click the Create a Task From Anywhere button, and then select "Adaptive Task".

How do adaptive tasks work?

With an adaptive task, you can choose which subtopic you want students to work on. Mathspace will choose which questions each student sees, based on the level of mastery of the topic they have previously shown in the sub-topic. The questions will start off easier, and will become more difficult as the student show an understanding of the skills and concepts required in the sub-topic.

Every student will have a different experience with an adaptive task, as different students require different amounts of practice to demonstrate mastery on a sub-topic.

Choosing your subtopic

Use the two drop-down menus to choose a curriculum and a subtopic for your task. You can actually assign multiple adaptive tasks on multiple subtopics at once, but we'll cover that in more detail in the Bulk Assign Adaptive Tasks article.

  1. Select a textbook from the list of textbooks available to your school.

  2. Select a subtopic from the chosen textbook. You can see a preview of all the questions in that subtopic, which are all the questions that a student could possibly see as part of the adaptive task.

  3. The arrow to the left of each question allow you to preview the whole question, including whether or not it has multiple parts.

    You can also view the estimated difficulty level (Easy, Medium, or Hard) and the estimated time each question should take. Feel free to click 'try question' yourself..

Once you have chosen your subtopic, click Continue to customize the details.

Finalizing your task

As with any Mathspace task, you can assign an adaptive task to an entire class (with the option exclude students from a class task), an individual student, or some combination of classes and students.

Target Mastery: Rather than choosing a set number of questions or a set amount of time for students to work, you will choose how proficient you want your students to be in the particular subtopic. If you would like them to be able to do all the questions in the subtopic, choose a target of Mastered. This does not mean that the students will have to answer every question in the subtopic, just that they will have successfully answered some of the more difficult questions.

For teachers who have not used adaptive tasks before, we recommend setting a target mastery of Proficient to start.

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